The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Rock Park, Barnstaple. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.
Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.
Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.
The Barnstaple parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:
We hope these tips help to ensure that Barnstaple parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.
Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.For more information, please see our Support page.
This is a two and half lap, easy going, flat course suitable for all abilities. It starts with the half lap around the orange loop (see map) in an anticlockwise direction. Then you begin two big laps which start with a blue loop towards the opposite end of the park still in an anti-clockwise direction and include the orange loop.
Under normal circumstances runners should stay on the tarmac paths. However, please note there may at times be some flooding on the path and we will need to re-direct on the grass.
Bus:From the bus station head south towards the river and look for signs to the park.
By foot from the Tarka tennis centre: From the Tarka Tennis Centre walk towards the river Taw (following the path to the left of the main entrance with the outdoor courts to your right) and turn right leaving the leisure centre and car park behind you and the Tarka tennis centre to your right. Follow this path until you are able to cross the river on the old Iron Bridge then turn left towards the park. Keep following the path with the river to your left past the sports field to your right and continue through a path fenced off from the road. Once through this you will see a play park, outside area and green space ahead of you. Our meeting point is to the right of this green space.
Please allow 15 minutes to walk form the Tarka Tennis Centre to our meeting point in Rock Park.
By foot from Park & Ride: Please follow the footpath, at the far end of the car park. As you reach the end of this short path (perhaps 2 minutes stroll) you will come to a road with a field to your right on the other side of this road. Please cross in to this sports field and walk along the single track path, turning right, with the sports field and river (on the other side of the field) to your left and continue through a path fenced off from the road. Once through this you will see a play park, outside area and green space ahead of you. Our meeting point is to the right of this green space.
Please allow approximately 10 minutes to walk form the park and ride to our meeting point in Rock Park.
If using SATNAV, the nearest postcode is EX32 9AJ, which brings youto Ladies mile, the road that runs alongside Rock Park. There is limited parking at Rock Park and so we ask you use Park and Ride wherever possible.